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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NDRV

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - BLUE BOLT

Displacement 4619 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 418' 6"(oa) x 44' 11" x 15' (Max)
Armament 3 x 5"/54 DP (3x1), 4 x 3"/50 (2x2), 2 Hedghog ASW Mortars,
4 x 21" tt.(4x1) 6 x 12.75" Mk 32 ASW TT (2x3).
Machinery, 70,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 324.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath ME January 18 1954.
Launched May 7 1955 and commissioned April 5 1956.
Decommissioned December 20 1965 and recommissioned September 23 1967.
Reclassified as Guided Missile Destroyer DDG-32 March 15 1967.
Decommissioned December 15 1982.
Stricken in 1986.
Fate December 18 1982 towed to NISMF Bremerton, arrived December 22 1982. Towed to Mare Island 1984, April 30 1986 stricken & towed to SBRF. Withdrawn from SBRF December 7 2000 to Pt. Mugu, CA for prep as target ship. Towed to target area by T-ATF 171 January 27 2001. January 31 2001 sunk in MISSILEEX at 32deg. 60' N x 121deg 36' W in 1988 fathoms.

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Paul Jones

Paul Jones


As an officer of the Continental Navy of the American Revolution, John Paul Jones helped establish the traditions of courage and professionalism that the Sailors of the United States Navy today proudly maintain. John Paul was born in a humble gardener's cottage in Kirkbean, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland, went to sea as a youth, and was a merchant shipmaster by the age of twenty-one. Having taken up residence in Virginia, he volunteered early in the War of Independence to serve in his adopted country's infant navy and raised with his own hands the Continental ensign on board the flagship of the Navy's first fleet. He took the war to the enemy's homeland with daring raids along the British coast and the famous victory of the Bonhomme Richard over HMS Serapis. After the Bonhomme Richard began taking on water and fires broke out on board, the British commander asked Jones if he had struck his flag. Jones replied, "I have not yet begun to fight!" In the end, it was the British commander who surrendered. Jones is remembered for his indomitable will, his unwillingness to consider surrender when the slightest hope of victory still burned. Throughout his naval career Jones promoted professional standards and training. Sailors of the United States Navy can do no better than to emulate the spirit behind John Paul Jones's stirring declaration: "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast for I intend to go in harm's way." Photo: John Paul Jones by George Bagby Matthews. The bust, One cannot underestimate the role French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon (1747-1792) played in the identification of John Paul Jones’s remains. The Houdon bust of Jones, sculpted from life, was arguably the most accurate portrayal of Jones.Bill Gonyo
Jones 77kUndated, location unknown.-
Jones 44kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Jones 150kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Jones 107kA series of 5 views of the Jones just prior to her commissioning, March 1956 in Bath, Maine.David Buell
Jones 142kAs above.David Buell
Jones 124kAs above.David Buell
Jones 107kAs above.David Buell
Jones 102kAs above.David Buell
Jones   Jones   Jones   Jones   Higbee
Jones   Jones   Jones   Jones   Higbee
Jones   Jones   Jones   Jones   Higbee
Commissioning pamphlet - April 5 1956
Wolfgang Hechler
Jones 85kThe crew at Commissioning.Ron Reeves
Jones 124kOur Navy Magazine, Mid-June 1956.Stanley Svec
Jones 50kUSS John Paul Jones (DD-932, underway in British waters circa 1957. Photo Wright & Logan, Southsea, England.Robert Hurst
Jones 232kUnderway in the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba pn November 10 1958. USN photo 1040184. From the collection of CDR Thomas B. Ray (USS Essex CV-9).Chris Stanley
Jones 243kUSS John Paul Jones underway May/June 1960 out of Newport, RI.Girard Kelly
Jones 28kUSS John Paul Jones (DD-932) underway circa 1963, location unknown. Photo courtesy Alex Cole.Robert Hurst
Jones 45kUndated, location unknown.John Hummel
Jones 146kUndated, location unknown.Mike Smolinski/Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Jones 69kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Jones 41kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Jones 203kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Jones 109kNewspaper clipping showing the John Paul Jones during her conversion.Ron Reeves
Jones 105kAs above.Ron Reeves
Higbee   Higbee   Higbee
Re-Commissioning pamphlet - September 23 1967.
Ron Reeves
Jones 225kUSS Kansas City (AOR-3) underway while replenishing ,USS John Paul Jones (DDG-32) and USS Coral Sea (CVA-43), probably off the coast of California during a training/CarQual period, circa 1971-75.BMCS Richard Miller USNR (Ret.)
Jones 175kFrom the USS Hancock (CVA-19) Cruise Book (January 7-October 3 1972).Jim Polen
Jones 104kAt San Diego in 1978.Ron Reeves
Jones 36kSingapore February 1980.Marc Piché
Jones   Jones   Jones   Jones
Welcome Aboard pamphlet - circa 1981
Wolfgang Hechler
Jones 38kSan Francisco April 3 1982.Marc Piché
Jones 31kSan Francisco April 3 1982.Marc Piché
Higbee   Higbee
Decommissioning pamphlet - December 15 1982.
Ron Reeves
Jones 92kPuget Sound Naval Shipyard, Washington, January 25 1990, laid up at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility are the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones ( DDG 32 ), the guided missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 31) and the destroyer USS Turner Joy (DD 951). In the background at left is the attack aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA 31).Fred Weiss
Jones 98kA series of 9 images taken at Mare Island, when the ship was moved to a pier downstream from the causeway so the missile launcher could be removed by FMC, and crated and shipped to Germany for one of the DDG's there. Date is in April 1994.Ron Reeves
Jones 144kAs above.Ron Reeves
Jones 120kAs above.Ron Reeves
Jones 107kAs above.Ron Reeves
Jones 148kAs above.Ron Reeves
Jones 143kAs above.Ron Reeves
Jones 154kAs above.Ron Reeves
Jones 117kAs above.Ron Reeves
Jones 147kAs above.Ron Reeves
Ships patches/plaques
Jones 58kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Jones 58kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Jones 60kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Jones 49kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Jones 60kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Jones 20kShip's patchRon Reeves
Jones 151kShip's plaqueRon Reeves

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Robert Ward Hayler Jr.    Apr 5 1956 - Jan 17 1958
CDR Amadeo Henry Galvani    Jan 17 1958 - Mar 12 1959
CDR Charles Daniel Griffin    Mar 12 1959 - Jun 18 1960
CDR Robert Adam Seelinger    Jun 18 1960 - Jul 20 1961
CDR Alfred Richard Olsen Jr.    Jul 20 1961 - Aug 2 1963
CDR David Delmas Harris    Aug 2 1963 - Oct 16 1964
CDR Walter Joseph Malone    Oct 16 1964 - Dec 20 1965
(Decommissioned Dec 20 1965 - Sep 23 1967)
CDR Louis Rhea Lester Jr.    Sep 23 1967 - Jul 21 1969
CDR James Dixon (Jesse) Coolbaugh    Jul 21 1969 - Aug 21 1969
CDR Leland Hart Sebring    Aug 21 1969 - Jul 16 1971
LCDR Richard Allen Christian    Jul 16 1971 - Dec 15 1972
CDR Gerald Duane Anderson    Dec 15 1972 - Jun 29 1974
CDR Lawrence Jay Carpenter    Jun 29 1974 - Jun 26 1976
CDR Donald Deford Clark    Jun 26 1976 - Jun 23 1978
CDR Nicholas Joseph Stasko    Jun 23 1978 - Jun 21 1980
CDR Stanley Clare Kozlowski    Jun 21 1980 - Dec 15 1982

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS John Paul Jones website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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